Happy Navratri Everyone
Navratri has begun today , i.e. , 21st September 2017 and it will be ending on 29th September after which Dussehra will be celebrated on 30th of September. Navratri is an ancient Hindu Festival which is celebrated every year. But just like all the other things we don’t know everything about it. That’s the reason I’ve prepared a list of the things about Navratri which you might have missed out. Let’s begin with the list :
1. Navratri is celebrated three times a year and has five different names. Ashwina Navratri, Chaitra Navratri and Sharad Navratri, which is also known as Maha Navratri (Great Navratri).
2. Another Hindu legend states that Navratri is celebrated to mark the nine-day long fight between Lord Ram and his enemy Ravana.
3. Navratri honors Shakti Ma, who takes various forms in different Hindu goddesses (Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi). The nine-day period is separated into threes; Goddess Durga is worshipped to destroy our impurities and vices, then Goddess Lakshmi to bestow spiritual wealth, and lastly, Goddess Saraswati to bring knowledge and wisdom.
4. Nine forms of Mother Shakti who is the ultimate female form of power are worhsipped across various regions in India. (Durga, Bhadrakali, Jagadamba, Annapurna, Sarvamangala, Bhairavi, Chandika, Lalita, Bhavani, and Mookambika.)
5. Goddess Durga had agreed to marry Mahishasura if he won her over in a battle. This battle commenced for nine days and on the 10th night Goddess Durga beheaded him. This night is known as Dusshera or Vijayadashmi and is celebrated by Hindus as the official end to Navratri.
6. Gujrat and Mumbai are especially known for their extravagant garba celebrations every night during the nine days of Navratri. Garba is a form of dance that is done in a circle, representing the cyclical belief of time within Hinduism. Traditionally, the dance is performed with a clay lantern at the center representing the Devi. Dancing around this lantern symbolizing that each human has this form of energy within him or her.
7. In West Bengal, India, an elaborate Durga Puja is also celebrated during this time. Images of Durga slaying the demon buffalo Mahishasura are built and displayed in temples. They are worshiped for five days, and on the fifth day, the idols are then placed into the river. The Durga Puja performed during Navratri is the biggest festival of the year in Bengal.
All these details were quite new and interesting for me. Thanks to Brown Girl Magazine and India.com for helping with this post.
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